How to prepare plants for moving

Plants are very important. They give us oxygen to breathe and keep our planet inhabitable. That said, home plants are just as useful as the outside plants are. And may we add that they are also very pretty. That’s why many people decorate their homes with various plants. However, most plants are very sensitive. That’s why moving plants can be rather tricky. What more, to properly prepare plants for moving you have to invest both time and effort. Luckily, there are plenty of Louisiana moving and storage companies that understand how important it is to be very careful when transporting plants. But even if you find the world’s most tender movers you’ll still have to spend some serious time preparing your plants for a move. If you do it the right way, your plants will be just as fresh after the move as they were before it!

Preparing plants for moving the right way

When preparing plants for a move you have to be very careful. Most people don’t even realize how sensitive most plants are. Sure, houseleek can survive pretty much anything, but not many other plants are as resilient. That’s why whether you’re relocating your home with residential movers, or moving your business with commercial movers new Orleans residents love and recommend, you have to be super careful when redying your plants for the said move.

A woman reading a book about plants.
To prepare plants for moving the right way, you should learn as much as you can about them!

Early spring and late fall are the best times to relocate your plants

Not every time of the year is the best time to move plants. Winter is too cold which means your plants may freeze and die. Summer, on the other hand, is when the plants are most active. Active plants are a lot more sensitive. That’s why it’s best to relocate plants either during early spring before the plants become active, or in late fall after they go back to remission, but before it gets too cold.

Preparing plants for relocation too early may cause them to die

Plants need sun, water, and oxygen. That’s why packing them and leaving them like that for days will probably cause them to die. To avoid that make sure not to pack your plants until the very end. Try to do it on the day of the move, or at least the night before. If you prepare everything, packing them just before the move won’t be a problem.

Evaluate your plants so you know what they’ll need

Packing plants is not like packing and disassembling furniture for a move. While furniture is a lot more resilient and can be handled a lot more roughly, plants are not that way. One wrong move and your plant may die. That means that you’ll have to evaluate your plants and learn about their need before preparing them for a move. If you’re unsure of what a particular plant might need, you can even give professionals a call and ask them.

A woman evaluating her plant.
Getting to know the needs of your plants is very important if you’re planning to move them!

Get the supplies for packing plants

Even if you’re moving into a smaller home you’ll still probably bring your plants, right? But to move them, you have to pack them. You can try just carrying them as they are but that will quite literally get messy and end in a God knows what way.

To pack your plants properly you’ll need:

  • Moving boxes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic wrap
  • Wooden sticks
  • Duct tape
  • Markers

How much of what supply you’ll get will depend on how many plants you have. Also, the sizes of moving boxes will vary depending on the sizes of your plants. So before you go shopping, make sure that you know how many boxes you need and in what sizes.

Here’s how to pack and prepare your plants for moving

Now that you know everything there is to know about your plants and have everything you’ll be to pack them properly, it’s actually time to start preparing your plants for a move. Here are easy steps to do so.

  1. Water each plant. This is extremely important in order for plants to survive. However, make sure not to overwater them since you’ll be dealing with a lot of spilling.
  2. Wrap each pot with a decent amount of plastic wrap. This will prevent any water from escaping the pots and ruining boxes.
  3. If you have any tall plants, stick a proportionately tall wooden stick in each pot and tie each plant gently to a stick. If you do so, your plants will be less likely to break. This is very important when planning to transport plants in a car or in a moving truck.
  4. Place plants in moving boxes. You can either place multiple plants in one box or one plant in one box. Still, whatever you decide to do you should make sure to fill any gaps with bubble wrap so the plants are fitting snuggly.
  5. Put holes in boxes so the plants can breathe during the move.
  6. Close each box and seal it with duct tape.
  7. As soon as you do that, make sure to label each box noting which side is up. Mixing up box sides can lead to flipping plants which won’t be very fun for you and will surely be detrimental to your plant.

If you follow these simple steps there’s a good chance that your plants will reach their destination in mind condition!

A woman watering her plants.
Watering your plants before moving them is extremely important!

Just be careful and you’ll prepare your plants for a move well

Readying plants for a move isn’t that hard but is somewhat tricky. To prepare plants for moving without damaging them you have to be very careful, which arguably, can be a problem if you’ve never dealt with plants much aside from watering them. Still, if there’s a will, there’s a way. If you really do care about your plants’ well-being you won’t mind spending some time preparing them gently and carefully. Plants are living beings, treat them as such!

Latest Posts


Jennifer Hauf

Google Logo

The entire staff was great from the original reservation to movers. We had the shell packed up, stored for 3 months, and then delivered. Both moving crews were awesome! I love that they use their own people instead of outsourcing them like other companies. I can’t recommend them enough. Best service, best price, best people.

Contact Us

    How Zippy Shell Works

    Our storage container comes to you

    Have the perfect Louisiana self storage solution delivered to your front door by Zippy Shell.

    Load your items or have us do it

    Choose between letting our team take care of the hard work or loading your belongings by yourself.

    Load your items or have us do it

    Choose between letting our team take care of the hard work or loading your belongings by yourself.